BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The Great White North is a beauty, eh.Throughout the financial crisis that pummeled most of the world, Canadian institutions not only survived, they thrived. That success, credited to a mix of regulatory and cultural forces, may offer insight to U.S. institutions and investors.
|Canada avoided the Great Recession by adhering to conservative banking principles, a sense of community and a self-policing attitude among financiers.|
While U.S. Investors pore over global markets, weigh the benefits of Brazil and analyze China, they may overlook the opportunities that lay a border away. Kichurchak cites the country's rich array of natural resources -- among them oil, timber, zinc, potash and wheat -- as a key draw for investors. "Canada is the biggest supplier of oil exports to the United States," he says. "Canadian exports of oil is just going to become a stronger and stronger place for investors to put money in." In terms of an energy play with Canadian exposure, Kichurchak suggests Kinder Energy Partners ( KMP), with a 6.3% yield, 14 consecutive years of dividend increases and a 7% dividend growth rate. ETFs with a Canadian focus include the iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund ( EWC), the Guggenheim Canadian Energy Income ETF ( ENY) and CurrencyShares Canadian Dollar Trust ( FXC), a play on the strength of the "loonie." "With Canada you get a natural resource play. Their natural resources are abundant," Maris says. "When you invest in an ETF for Canada you are getting the natural resources, you are getting the banking system and even some industrials like the company that makes the Blackberry, Research in Motion ( RIMM). You are getting sort of a trifecta. We have replaced a lot of our European holdings with Canadian holdings in terms of an international allocation." -- Written by Joe Mont in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Joe Mont.